David’s Teaview Snapshot
|"A deliciously-rich after-dinner or dessert tea... filled with fruit flavor without being all that sweet. Highly recommended."|
Mariage Freres admittedly makes some of the most enjoyable and unique blends found anywhere. The quality of the tea they use is generally among the best available for each purpose, and they use very high quality flavoring agents. Flowers, essential oils, and fruit pieces are some of the means used to flavor their teas. The Marco Polo blend is said to be among the most popular blends made by Mariage Freres, the famous tea vendor located in Paris, France, but available in the U.S. from several sources, including William Sonoma and The Cultured Cup in Dallas, Texas. It is easy to see why this tea is so popular. According to the company, this black tea blend is described as containing Ã¢â‚¬Å“a variety of Chinese and Tibetan fruits and flowersÃ¢â‚¬Â. While this sounds exotic, the result to my taste buds is a medium-bodied black tea with an exquisitely rich fruit taste tending to a strawberry flavor, which is fruity without being sweet. I am not accustomed to putting sugar in my tea for any occasion, but for those of you who are, I would challenge you to forgo the sugar in this case...the tea is very rich on its own, and the addition of either milk or sugar would obscure this richness. This tea makes a fabulous after-dinner/dessert tea, or an afternoon tea paired with scones and jam. The black tea used here is of excellent quality and is in good balance with the fruitiness of the essential oils and flowers used to flavor it. If you like iced tea (we drink lots here in Texas during the summer months), this makes one of the best you'll ever try. This is a tea that I don't ever want to run out of! At the Cultured Cup, located in Dallas, where I purchase this tea on a regular basis, they have to order new stock monthly from Mariage Freres, as it goes fast (it is also available in sealed tins from William Sonoma)! Highly recommended!
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